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Alcohol Use

There are approximately 80,000 deaths caused by excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for:

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What is a Standard Drink?
In the United States, a standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount is found in:

What is Excessive Drinking?
Excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, binge drinking and any drinking by pregnant women or underage youth.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, which is defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men.

Who Should Not Drink Alcohol?

How Can You Tell if Someone May Be Drinking Too Much?
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and drug dependence, these signs and symptoms might help identify someone who is abusing alcohol.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)